While we enjoy the last few days of summer, we know it won’t be long until we’re spending more time indoors. And, in honour of the change of pace and the approaching holidays, here’s a fun room freshener DIY that will make your home even more cheerful.
The clean and natural house smells and room fresheners are hard to come by. In truth, house perfumes loaded with chemicals and poisons are far more widespread.
Why would we want it in our houses if we wouldn’t put it on our bodies? Instead of settling for poisons and chemicals, we’re making these fun, natural, and easy DIY alternative room fresheners.
4 Ingredients to Stay Away From
I’m all for avoiding the hazardous chemicals included in traditional room fresheners! We’re very convinced the answer is yes – especially because several of these poisons are recognised carcinogens with long-term consequences.
So, what exactly are we bringing into our homes with these off-the-shelf room fresheners?
Phthalates are number one.
This chemical, which is a known hormone disruptor, is found in a variety of daily items. Sex hormone abnormalities, asthma, developmental difficulties, fertility issues, and even breast cancer are all linked to the condition.
Benzene is number two
Benzene is a frequent component in cosmetics. It isn’t simply in the air freshener. Despite being a proven carcinogen, it is also employed as a basis chemical for a range of other commonly used items. It has the potential to stay in the system for up to two days. In addition to the long-term exposure hazards, it causes troubles with mental clarity, cardiac regulation, dizziness, and gastrointestinal problems while there.
Tolueneis number three
Have you ever walked into a room with a strong aroma and immediately had a headache? It could be linked to toluene’s ability to induce a variety of irritations. Toluene gets a thumbs down from us, along with disorientation, anxiety, insomnia, and skin inflammation.
Forthe is Formaldehyde
Yes, some house scents contain this embalming preservative. It’s a lot more common than most of us realise. Whatever its purpose, it can irritate our skin, eyes, and respiratory system, causing burning and wheezing. Cancer has also been related to long-term exposure.
With risks like these, we’d gladly abandon the concept of a room freshener entirely if those were our only options. Fortunately, there is an option for those of us who are addicted to scents.
Air Freshener for Home Recipes (DIY)
We enjoy a good DIY project, so we’ve gathered some handmade room freshener options to suit any season or mood! Here are a few of our favourite fragrance-making projects for the house.
Based on Baking Soda
Baking soda is an excellent deodorizer. It absorbs scents in the environment rather than just masking them for a short time. This room refresher can handle even the strongest odours, such as seafood and garlic.
We’ll need a light misting spray bottle, our favourite essential oils, water, and baking soda for this choice. Prepare a couple of glasses of water for the bottle.
After that, we’ll combine 2-3 teaspoons baking soda with a few drops of essential oils. Lavender for a peaceful environment, rosemary for grounding, and neroli or citrus for a lively mood are all good choices.
Add the water once all of the ingredients have been thoroughly combined. Then give it a good shake to incorporate everything. Spray as needed in the air, but be cautious not to get it on sensitive clothes.
PRO TIP: Don’t have a spray bottle? As a standing room freshener, combine the baking soda and aromatic oils and store in an open jar. For added style and scent, add citrus zest, floral buds, or chopped-up herbs.
Potpourri for the Stovetop
This stovetop fragrance option is a simple and warm method to immediately fill up a room, and it certainly makes a house seem like home. We begin by gathering a saucepan (and a stove) as well as our preferred ingredients.
We all have favourite selections depending on our mood and the season. For the cooler months, warming spices like clove, cinnamon, and fresh ginger are ideal. During the winter, rosemary, peppermint, and apple are soothing. In the summer, fresh citrus slices and thyme, as well as florals like rose petals and lavender, work wonderfully.
After we’ve chosen our ingredients, we’ll fill our pot with a couple cups of water or fruit juice (think apple or pear). The scent components are then added. Turn the heat at a low setting and let the room to fill up. Make sure to check on it at least once an hour and add more liquid if necessary.
Unbeknownst to us, one of our favourite dessert tastes is a hidden domestic air freshener. This DIY solution has built-in scent and is low-prep because most vanilla extracts are created with alcohol.
We add about a cup of water to a mixture of equal parts vanilla extract and rubbing alcohol. We next add 20-30 drops of our favourite essential oil blends. Vanilla pairs well with lavender, chamomile, citrus, and woody aromas. Then another room freshener spray appears out of nowhere. It’s simple to keep and utilise in any room of the house.
PRO TIP: Salt works well as a substitute for baking soda as a room freshener. Simply combine crushed sea salt and a generous amount of essential oils in a bowl. Then, in a nice display dish, let it permeate into the room.
This is a more time-consuming DIY, but it’s a lot of fun! To keep this room freshener project sealed, we’ll need jars with lids. Agar agar (vegan thickener), essential oils, water, and salt are also required.
We’ll start by bringing a cup of water to a gentle boil. We’ll add a heaping couple of tablespoons of salt and a hefty amount of essential oils (about 20+ drops) once we take it off the heat.
We add the agar agar while stirring. After that is thoroughly combined, we’ll add another cup of water (cold this time).
Stir the mixture slightly before pouring it into the jars. Allow 2-3 days for them to set. The powerful odours will fade over time. Then, semi-covered, you may utilise them to create an attractive environment throughout the house.
When Should You Use a Room Freshener?
Where should you use your custom air freshener now that you’ve made it? We like to use them in the kitchen and bathrooms, where odours can sometimes overwhelm the space.
We also like to make stovetop potpourri to add to the cosy atmosphere in our kitchens and living areas. For musty storage closets or basements, baking soda-based fresheners are ideal. Finally, a spritz of our homemade vanilla freshener near our mattresses adds a calming element to our nightly routines.